This week our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Boston following the terrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon. On behalf of the residents of Orange County I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the three innocent people who lost their lives to this senseless act of violence and cowardice. To those hundreds of others whose lives have been forever changed by this tragedy, I hope they know that they can count on the love and support from people around the block, around the nation, and even around the world to help them through this difficult time.
Unfortunately, here in Orange County we know first-hand the heart-wrenching pain that accompanies extreme violence and terrorism. We will never forget our 44 friends and neighbors who were lost on September 11, 2001 – and we will never forget the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
We will continue to stand tall – even in the face of tragedy. We will continue to lend a helping hand to assist our fellow man and woman – especially in the face of tragedy. It made me proud to see first-responders, volunteers, even spectators jump into action just moments after the bombs went off to begin rescue efforts, not knowing what danger might still lay ahead. These are the people that make America great! We are proud and strong Americans. We are the land of the free, because of the brave!
In times of crisis such as this, people frequently find themselves looking for answers as to how such a tragedy could have occurred. Whether one was close to the event or farther afield, many find themselves anxious or angry or worried that the same could happen in their community. For those in need of a listening ear or the support of others, I encourage you to check out the programs and services available through the Orange County Office of Mental Health and their partner organizations like Mental Health Association of Orange County. You can find more information on the Mental Health Department pages at www.orangecountygov.com. The 24-hour mobile mental health team can be reached at 1-888-750-2266.
No matter what terrorists throw at us, America will stand strong. In the words of George W. Bush, "America will never run … and we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave defenders."
God bless the people of Boston and God bless America.
Until next week, I wish you good health and happiness.